Build Scotland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

South East To See Construction And Engineering Skills Boost

Construction News Image
Over 2,000 people in south east Scotland are set to benefit from the first wave of skills and career support from the new Housing, Construction and Infrastructure (HCI) Skills Gateway.

Supported by the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and funded by Scottish government, the HCI Skills Gateway – worth £6million over the next seven years – will provide multi-level support to schools, new entrants to the sector and upskill the existing workforce.

The HCI Skills Gateway includes an exciting and diverse range of short work-ready courses in renewable energy for homes, installing electric vehicle charging points, highways and roads infrastructure, environmental technologies and engagement with school pupils.

According to the UK government Foresight report on future cities, south east Scotland is the fastest growing region in Scotland and fifth fastest in the UK. With an anticipated 145,000 new homes to be built over the next two decades, it marks a 40% increase in new housing supply compared with the 20 years prior to the recession.

The HCI Skills Gateway is being delivered by the region's universities and colleges. Professor Sean Smith of Edinburgh Napier University, who leads the HCI Skills Gateway, said: "This is the start of a step change in support across the region to enable and support our future workforce and net-zero ambitions. This inclusive growth support will provide an attractive route into future job opportunities and career pathways and we are particularly keen to support unemployed entering this sector, attracting more women into construction and engineering and supporting existing employees with new skills."

-- Advertisement --

Napier's Institute for Sustainable Construction has forecast a construction skills supply shortage of over 3,500 in south east Scotland in the coming years. The HCI Skills Gateway aims to help reduce this gap and support inclusive growth for people across the region.

The HCI advanced skills pathway also includes the award winning Built Environment Exchange (BeX), which is undertaken in partnership with industry and Saltire scholarships. This provides an accelerated knowledge pathway and students working with industry innovation projects.

According to Smith, a key opportunity will be to "enable the region's low carbon ambitions, embedding new technologies and clean-tech approaches for future homes and buildings". Further waves of HCI support will be announced later in 2020 for offsite construction and advanced skills.

CEO of Fife Council, Steve Grimmond, who chairs the City Region Deal's Integrated Regional Employability and Skills Board said: "The HCI project demonstrates the regional reach for both urban and rural areas of this City Region Deal. This is one of seven flagship projects to support inclusive communities and regional growth and it is positive, given our sustainable development ambitions, that so many of these work-ready courses are aligned to our future low carbon infrastructure."

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Michael Matheson said: "The Scottish Government's £300m investment to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal includes a £25m commitment to improving skills within the region. I'm delighted to see that the HCI skills gateway is set to benefit thousands of people in the years to come, helping to create the expertise that we need in the Housing, Construction and Infrastructure sectors in order to achieve a sustainable, carbon-free future for Scotland.

"This is further demonstration of the wide-sweeping benefits of City Deals and Growth Deals, which the Scottish Government has now committed more than £1.8 billion to, including our additional investment."

In addition to the new skills and jobs pathways, the region also needs an increased supply in site trades including bricklayers, joiners, electricians and plumbers. Much of the HCI wave 1 support will be provided through further education partners including Edinburgh, West Lothian, Fife and Scottish Borders colleges working in collaboration with industry and public sector.

Latest Construction News


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced new measures to support the construction sector and particularly apprentices and trainees over the coming weeks and months. It follows an announcement last week that CITB has closed its four National Construction Colleges and cancelled i

McTaggart Group has been announced as a finalist across six categories of the Scottish Homes Awards 2020 including 'Housebuilder of the Year (more than 100 units)' for the third year running. The awards, which began in 2007, is Scotland's largest independent awards initiative for the housing indust

The Scottish Government has announced new fire safety guidance for high-rise properties. Posters encouraging residents of high-rise properties to keep common areas clear of anything that could be a fire risk are being issued to building managers across the country. The posters set out good practic

New measures to support business customers who may face difficulties with water charge payments have been developed by Scottish Water, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) and the Central Market Authority (CMA). The measures are designed to reduce the economic impact of Covid19. From

CALA Homes (West) has released a showcase video of the five-bedroom Garvie home type within its Florence Gardens development. Located in the highly sought-after suburb of Doonfoot, Florence Gardens - the first CALA development in Ayr for a number of years – will offer a stunning collection of 62 fo

North Lanarkshire Council has announced that its new Tenant Participation Strategy is now in place and sets out how they'll work with tenants and residents to develop and improve opportunities for involvement in shaping housing services. The new five-year strategy - 'Involving Tenants, Improving Se

Aberdeen City Council is to consider a planning application for the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project. Planning permission is required for only some parts of the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project including the new road heading north from Ashgrove Road. Other parts, such as Caroline Place, a

Inverclyde Council has approved plans for a £3.1m road improvement programme to tackle potholes, improve pavements and make local streets safer. The cash boost is part of Inverclyde Council's five year, Roads Asset Management Programme (RAMP) and comes on top of last year's £3.6m investment in loca

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced that it will move to a weekly email newsletter and will stop issuing its daily e-news bulletin and Housing Scotland Today. The SFHA said that it was committed to communicating with their members as often as is necessary at this ti

Halliday Fraser Munro's entire team remain "connected and working as usual". The firm's Managing Director, David Halliday, said that HFM has had full remote working capability for more than two years and have found it invaluable to meet the challenges of modern day working. Mr Halliday continued:
Artisan Rooftech LimitedSibbald Training LtdScot Hoist LtdClarus Site SolutionsMorris & Spottiswood LtdGas Call Services LtdQuality Worktops LtdDirect Line Timber LtdBlackmoon Lighting LtdM J Harrison Supplies Ltd
Terms and Conditions